Past Speakers

November Gala Event 2019

Richard Murray, CEO JB Hifi

September 2019

Tania De Jong, Award-winning entrepreneur, creative innovator and change agent

July 2019

Justin Reeves, CEO Hawthorn Football Club 

"The Business of Sport"

May 2019

David Robertson, Head of Financial Markets and Business Financial Solutions,  Bendigo Bank

"Post Election Economic Update"

March 2019

UPCYCLING - The business of creative reuse

Panel Discussion

Gala Awards Event 2018

The morning featured amazing businesses, lots of networking and a few surprises, including well known comedian Trevor Marmalade entertaining the audience

September 2018

Gavin Smith, President, Bosch Australia

"From things... to the Internet Of Things" 

July 2018

David Robertson, Head of Financial Markets and Business Financial Solutions,  Bendigo Bank

"Economic Update"

May 2018

Changing Of The Guard, Leaders of today inspiring leaders of tomorrow

February 2018

Susan Alberti AC,Australian businesswoman, philanthropist and Vice President of the Western Bulldogs Football Club. 

As one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, having donated millions of dollars to medical research and other charitable causes over her successful business career, Susan joined us to share her story on being a successful business operator and philanthropist, expanding on her personal journey and experiences across her extensive career.

December 2017

Bryan Dawe, Comedian presented us with A Satirists Journey at our Gala Awards Breakfast


September 2017

Larry Lopez, National Director of the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ program

At our September breakfast when we reflect and celebrate 25 years of recognizing and rewarding excellence in the manufacturing sector in Melbourne's south east. We also welcomed Larry Lopez, National Director of the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ program who provided insights into key drivers in successfully commercialising technology.


July 2017

David Robertson, Head of Financial Markets and Business Financial Solutions,  Bendigo Bank

"Economic Update"


May 2017

“Changing Of The Guard:

Drawing Innovative Ideas Out Of Young Employees (and getting the old guys to listen)”

A special Q&A panel discussion that inspires multiple generations to talk to each other in a way that drives innovation, growth and business success in the millennial world. 


March 2017


Matt Nichols, Managing Director, Nichols Crowder and Nixon Industrial

Business Disruption – Are you making the most of it?

Changes in business are occurring at an ever-increasing pace. New markets, new customers and new technologies are creating great opportunities for adaptive businesses, as well as bringing about the closure of others in the South East Region. Local identity Matt Nichols, shared insights on the changes and opportunities he is witnessing in the business world

September 2016

Sadhana Smiles, CEO Harcourts Vic Group

"It starts at the Top!"

July 2016

David Robertson, Head of Financial Markets and Business Financial Solutions,  Bendigo Bank

"Economic Update"


May 2016

Stuart Payne, Director GP Graders 

"Sorting the rough from the smooth: addressing the challenge of change to become a world class manufacturer"


March 2016

Matt Finnis, CEO St Kilda Football Club 

"As the Saints return to their spiritual home in Moorabbin, Matt spoke about the cultural change the club has undergone in recent times and its focus on re-igniting a sense of ‘belonging’ and ‘community"



December 2015


MBA Gala Awards Breakfast 

The ISelect Guy!



September 2015

Alex Kingsbury,  Research Group Leader of Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) at CSIRO and works in the High Performance Metals research program.




July 2015

Don Elgin

Embracing changes & building morale in the work place - Lessons from one Paralympian on the imperative of a positive attitude!


May 2015

Les Twentyman


February 2015

John Wall, Aquire Learning


December 2014

Andrew Fuller - Psychologist and scientific adviser to the ABC TV series Whatever: the science of teens. Presentation "Dealing with Tricky People”


September 2014


Stacey Currie, Managing Director, Brand Print Australia. 

"When powered by passion all things are possible" 


July 2014

Alex Commins, Managing Directror, Colorpak 



April 2014

Mr Jürgen Schneider, Head of Market Development at Siemens Australia 

"Stepping up to the Big League"

February 2014

Melinda Walker, Specialise in Organisational Behaviour, Bullying Prevention and Leadership


December 2013

Gala Awards Event 


September 2013

Special Guest Speaker ....

July 2013

Mark Carrazzo, Consultant & Facilitator

Business Improvement: Inch by Inch

In today’s pressure cooker economy, business leaders are constantly under the pump to deliver more results with less resources.


May 2013

Bernadette McClelland, Coach | Trainer | Keynote Speaker

“3 Urgent Sales Trends you Need to Know to Build a Successful Business”

Bernadette McClelland believes passionately in the potential of everyone on this planet and their ability to succeed far beyond where they are now.


March 2013

Allan Ryan, Founder & Executive Director of Hargraves Institute

ldquo;WORK DIFFERENT ~ How to succeed in a rapidly changing world” 


February 2012

Dan Atkins, Managing Director, Shaper Group

“Turning a risk into an opportunity”. One of Australia’s leading sustainability practitioners & entrepreneurs, Dan specialises in understanding the financial implication of sustainability aspects and incorporating  sustainability considerations into business strategy and identifying new business opportunities.

Kane >Thornton, Acting Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council

The Clean Energy Council is Australia’s peak body for the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry. Kane has a long-standing passion for the development of the Australian renewable energy industry and specialises in strategic policy advice on renewable energy, emissions trading and national and international climate change policy.


May 2012

Scott Munn, CEO, Melbourne Heart Football Club

Sharing his business success story, Scott talked about the heart and soul required to build a successful business in a highly competitive, global sporting environment and shared many of the corporate learnings.


August 2012

Grant Arnott, E-commerce expert   

Retail is one sector no doubt feeling in need of an energy boost itself. Grant explained the change imperative, unpack the integrated world of online, mobile, social and in-store retail and share thoughts on how to ‘Survive and Thrive in an Omnichannel World’



August 2012

John Toomey, Wellness & People Development expert

A healthy business is non-existent without healthy people, and that’s a concern that energises John, who shared some secrets into tackling health issues in a business environment context.


Rob Brooker, Head of Australian Economics & Commodities at NAB

Macro-economist Rob Brooker brought us up to speed on our two-speed economy, sharing his expertise and business insights across key energy, resources and agricultural commodities and what tomorrow holds for business, industry and commerce.


David Cookson, The Australian Synchrotron

David took us on a fascinating look at how ideas are converted into reality, providing insights and innovation that could allow your business to convert new ideas into tangible value, faster and easier than ever before.


Alan Oster, Group Chief Economist National Australia Bank

As Group Chief Economist, Alan is responsible for NAB’s global economic and financial forecasts. He is also a highly respected and much quoted commentator on Australian and global economic trends and policy issues


Australia’s RockStar Marketer, Paul McCarthy

Paul is an award winning speaker on the topics of sales, marketing and business growth. His ability to connect with the audience and compel people to want to reignite their desire to take action in their business.


Guest Entertainer:Marty Fields

Well-known for his time on Hey, Hey, It’s Saturday, during Marty’s expansive career he has appeared in numerous Australian TV and stage shows as well as showcasing his stand-up comedy nationally and internationally. Marty is recognised as the authority on one-liners for every possible topic!!